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As the province begins to ease COVID-19 restrictions, the city of Port Colborne is following suit.
As of Jan. 31, the Vale Health and Wellness Centre, located on 550 Elizabeth St. will be opened at reduced capacity.
The reopening of the Vale Centre includes Port Colborne YMCA. Both will open with 50 per cent capacities.
The city notes proof of full vaccination status, two doses, is required for anyone 12 years and older through the enhanced COVID-19 vaccine certificate (QR code), either downloaded onto a smartphone or printed on a piece of paper.
Enhanced vaccine certificates will be scanned through the Verify Ontario App, along with photo ID, to gain access to the facility.
A laptop and printer are available for patrons that require assistance in printing their enhanced vaccine certificate.
Participants and user groups are permitted to access dressing rooms 15 minutes before and after rental.
Please note, face covering requirements remain in effect along with physical distancing for spectators. Active screening and contact tracing remains in effect for participants and spectators.
Public skating programs will resume. Visit the website for the schedule.
The walking track is also open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The city’s recreation department encourages residents to reconnect with recreation outdoors as well. The City of Port Colborne is home to 21 parks, comprising approximately 88 hectares of parks, open spaces, and natural areas to play, toboggan, walk, cross country ski, bike, and more.
In addition to easing restrictions on recreational facilities, on Jan. 31 the province has increased social gathering limits to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors.
In-person dining can resume with a 50 per cent capacity. After 21 days, it is planned that more restrictions may be lifted, if the numbers allow, and capacities increased.
To support local businesses, the city has reinstated several of the 15-minute limit parking signs to ensure residents have easy access to businesses offering takeout and curbside pickups.
For a complete list of Port Colborne businesses to support, visit their business directory.
City Hall and municipal offices will remain operating by appointment only, but the customer service representatives are available Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., by phone at 905-835-2900, or by emailing [email protected].
For Public Works emergencies after-hours, please call 905-835-2900 and press ‘9’ for dispatch. For non-emergencies, you can also report an issue or request a service through their online form.
Virtual City Hall is also available for Port Colborne residents to manage property taxes, water, and wastewater bills online.
For more information, including activating an account and ‘How To’ videos, visit their webpage.
The Port Colborne Public Library remains curbside pickup only for the pickup of books and other materials, take-and-make crafts, free print services and e-resources, Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 905-834-6512 or email [email protected]
For more COVID-19 updates from the city, visit their webpage.
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